Comic Review: Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse)

Good gravy, it’s yet another new title from the pen (keyboard?) of Jeff Lemire. This one, from Dark Horse, relates to the world of Black Hammer. The Quantum Age, illustrated […]

Good gravy, it’s yet another new title from the pen (keyboard?) of Jeff Lemire. This one, from Dark Horse, relates to the world of Black Hammer.

The Quantum Age, illustrated by Wilfredo Torres (colors Dave Stewart), takes place in Spiral City, in 3041 AD. Spiral City is kind of a brightly coloured version of Blade Runner these days. When the curfew in the city is in effect, you better run along or you’ll get zapped! And God forbid if you’re an alien. Not long previous, the Quantum League of superheroes were solving intergalactic dilemmas, until an invasion occurred, changing everything. The effects of this event are still being felt in 3041. Anyway, I think we have the picture!

The Quantum Age is a fun and imaginative space adventure comic. Superbly written by Lemire, it feels more and more natural to read as we get to know the characters. It’s a little mind-boggling to be time shifting through a comic book’s timeline, and mercifully, Lemire doesn’t get too carried away with that; he is setting the stage to show us what has led to ‘today’. There are some nice blind alleys, and twists and turns to our journey through issue 1.

I like Torres’ art. It fits the style of comic; not too slick, and not too ‘indie’, and by that, I mean, not too eccentric. It’s as close to a mainstream comic adventure story in terms of writing, illustration, and coloring as we’re gonna get. Give the first issue a try; especially if you are a fan of the Silver Age Legion of Superheroes.

Dark Horse, The Quantum Age #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content, No rating shown

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!